The first week of January often has people making resolutions and looking at ways to improve themselves. Diet Resolution Week celebrates healthier eating habits. What are some of the popular diets that older adults consider when improving their diet?
Doctors continue to rank the Mediterranean diet as one of the best to follow. It's easy to manage as it focuses on many foods people love. Meals involve fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil.
The DASH diet is recommended for people at risk of high blood pressure. While the foods offered in this diet are similar to those found in the Mediterranean diet, there's one big difference. Sodium levels in the recipes are significantly reduced. Rely on herbs, spices, and citrus juice for flavor, and skip the salt.
A vegetarian diet has several essential health benefits, but some people don't get enough protein or aren't ready to give up their favorite meats. Instead, the flexitarian diet mixes vegetarian meals and meat-based meals throughout the week.
Mayo Clinic Diet
If portion control challenges your parents, the Mayo Clinic diet may appeal to them. Instead of drastically reducing portions, you introduce better habits. Instead of that high-fat, high-sugar piece of fudge, she could have a no-bake date square made from pureed Medjool dates, cocoa powder, oats, and walnuts.
The MIND diet focuses on foods that help keep the brain healthy. It does share many of the foods found in the Mediterranean diet, but it also aims meals and snacks on foods that have been proven to benefit the brain, such as berries, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds.
Do your mom and dad have difficulty with menu planning and meal preparation? They're not alone. After decades of cooking for a family, some men and women struggle to scale down recipes to cook for one or two. Others find cooking less appealing and turn to takeout and frozen dinners.
Arthritis pain and other chronic health conditions make it hard to stand and cook an entire meal. A few minutes is all the older adult wants to invest into meal prep.
Talk to a senior home care agency about meal preparation services. Your parents don't have to struggle to eat healthily. A caregiver can cook meals for them and keep them company while they eat. A senior home care expert can help them plan and cook healthy meals. Call to learn more.
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